Opportunities to upskill – and the support to do it
Ralf Hall cites the high calibre of training opportunities as one of the reasons he joined EY Glasgow in 2017. Since then, he has qualified as a Chartered Tax Advisor (CTA) with the support of his managers and teams.
When Ralf Hall joined EY Glasgow from an independent firm in Newcastle, he was surprised at how relaxed and interesting it was.
“It’s not as intense as you might think,” he says. “There are times when it’s busy and you’re up against tight reporting deadlines, but overall the work life balance is great, with flexible working actively being promoted by leadership.”
As a manager in the Private Client Services team, Ralf finds the diversity of work exciting. “No two days are exactly the same,” he shares. “One day I'm preparing the tax reporting figures for a large corporate, the next day I’m advising on the tax implications and optimal structure of transferring property from Luxembourg to the UK company.”
Since he joined EY, Ralf has had the opportunities to work with numerous organisations, across a wide range of sectors including Real Estate, Leisure and Tourism, and Engineering. “I’m also involved in internal projects such as devloping and organising tax technical training for junior team members,” he says. “If there’s any project you want to work on, you need only to ask and you’ll get the chance to do it.”
The support you need to juggle work and study
While Ralf enjoys the friendly, down-to-earth culture at work, he believes that it’s EY’s commitment to upskilling their employees that sets them apart.
“The training you receive is exceptional,” he says. “There’s a lot more structure in the training and you’re kept up to date so you can do the best for your clients.”
In addition, Ralf also appreciates the support he receives from his managers and team, which he credits as being essential to helping him juggle work and study.
“EY supported me through my Chartered Tax Advisor (CTA) exams by managing my work commitments so I could study,” he says. “They helped me balance work and study so I wasn’t overloaded – and I successfully qualified as a CTA in January this year.”